Nature's Moment


Despite unprecedented biodiversity loss and the onset of a new mass extinction, natural systems continue to be degraded, both directly by human activities and indirectly by the broader climate crisis. The collective global challenge of both protecting and rejuvenating the world’s biodiversity has become more urgent than ever.

Join from the floor of Palais des congrès de Montréal at COP15 in Montreal, Canada, as global leaders convene to discuss the biodiversity imperative.

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Moderator: Anita Anand
Session One – The Roots of Development
For decades, protections for natural systems have been misconstrued as barriers to economic progress. What will it take for policymakers, businesses, and citizens to see that biodiversity and natural systems are not only compatible with, but also crucial for, growth?
3:00PMOpening Remarks
  1. Juan Manuel Santos, Former President of Colombia and Member of The Elders
3:05PMFireside Chat and Q&A with International Media:
  1. Carole Laible, CEO of Domini Impact Investments
  2. Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships at the World Bank
  3. Satyendra Prasad, Fiji's High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations
  4. KM Reyes, Co-Founder and Adviser at the Centre for Sustainability PH
3:45PMClosing Remarks
  1. Cristina Mittermeier, Photographer, biologist, and conservationist
Session Two – The "Other" COP
Although progress toward tackling climate change remains insufficient, the world at least has arrived at a shared understanding about the problem and the solutions that must follow. What will it take to achieve a similar break-through on behalf of nature?
4:05PMFrontline Report, pre-recorded remarks from COP15
4:15PMPanel Discussion and Q&A with International Media:
  1. Valerie Hickey, Global Director of Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy at the World Bank
  2. Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England
  3. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service
  4. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Global Leader of Climate and Energy at the WWF and Former Minister of the Environment of Peru
5:00PMClosing Remarks
  1. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

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